Blog - Hand, Wrist & Elbow

The five things you need to know about trigger finger

Healthy fingers are happy fingers, so take a few moments to learn a little more about trigger finger. 1. It is caused by a swollen tendon in your hand. A tendon connects muscle to bone.  It’s a cable-like structure that pulls/bends a bone when the muscle contracts and pulls on the tendon.  So they’re all… read more

4 surgical options for Dupuytren’s contracture Note: I have a favorite option

Surgery shouldn’t be a mysterious adventure where you pick an option, desperately hoping that you’ll like it only to find out that there was a better option available. It’s the classic box of chocolates conundrum. If you don’t have a guide, you’re blindly choosing something that you hope has peanut butter inside rather than cherry… read more

First it was a lump in my palm and now I can’t straighten my fingers

So why the picture of some random guy? Well, he’s not random. We have him to thank for Dupuytren’s contracture (he’s Dupuytren, in case you didn’t pick that up). Dupuytren’s is a potentially debilitating condition where your fingers slowly curl in towards your palm. Do you know the two clear signs of Dupuytren’s contracture? No?… read more

When snow blowers attack: everything you need to know to avoid a snow blower injury

Are you excited for snow? Tons of it? Or perhaps just a few inches? No? Neither are we, but every year, the snow comes and we can’t stop it.  It blows, it’s cold, and it usually stays until the end of March which makes each and every one of us get out our coats, our… read more

What you need to know (and ask about) before your thumb surgery

Thumb basal joint arthritis is the most common arthritic condition affecting the hands, and it turns routine activities such as opening jars, turning keys, shaking hands, and even buttoning into painful activities; frankly, it’s a debilitating condition, but it’s not something you have to live with forever. If conservative treatments fail, surgery can correct the… read more

Christina gets her hand and life back

Think for a moment about everything you do with your hands.  Make a list if you’d like.  Are you holding your phone reading this post?  Did you find this post by typing in Google?  Did you pick up your daughter this morning, or do the dishes last night?  How about bringing in the groceries, or… read more